The Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre offers a versatile venue for business meetings, seminars, award ceremonies, lectures, exhibitions and book launches as well as plays, concerts, dance productions and more. The lower foyer has a fully functional kiosk while the upper foyer can easily be converted into a VIP lounge area. The Performing Arts Centre is set in beautiful grounds, with the outside space available to guests.


The Centre's single level, raked-auditorium provides seating for 515 people. For a more intimate setting, the first five rows can be lit while the rest of the theatre is darkened, creating a 165-seat venue to suit smaller audiences. The first two rows can be removed to create an orchestra pit. The auditorium offers comfortable seating with generous leg-room, as well as accessibility for older patrons or those needing wheelchair access.

The seating plan can be found here

The Stage

A large thrust stage with a fully sprung floor makes the venue ideal for all types of dance, drama and musical performance. It has three sets of curtains, balconies on either side of the stage and twelve winch lines for lighting and scenery. The backstage area comprises four large studios suitable for use as seminar, rehearsal and dressing rooms.

The stage dimensions can be found here

Lighting, Sound and Audio-visual

The latest in lighting, sound and audio-visual equipment is all on hand. Boasting names such as Shure, Selecon, EV, ETC and Allen & Heath, the Centre is ready to meet all types of performance, recording and presentation needs. A 6m x 4.8m projection screen in the main auditorium makes the venue ideal for multimedia presentations. Display monitors in the main foyers can screen the action on stage while a sound relay system keeps the backstage area up to date.

The equipment list can be found here

Studios and Seminar Rooms

Three studios provide flexible spaces for seminars, music rehearsal and dressing rooms. The adjoining dance studio, with sprung floor, wall-to-wall mirrors and a mobile ballet bar is also available for hire.

Exhibition Space

The feature-lit walls of the upper foyer are ideal for displaying art work.